Le Mans & Death Race

Movies about fast cars and babies…what brought these two ideas together? My motorcycling friends had a baby, and I needed to make them something special. Le Mans was the first pattern, based on the racing suit Steve McQueen wears in the movie of the same name. Then I watched the movie Death Race on cable, and there it was: a striped leather jacket worn by the main character. Death Race Baby, baby.


Le Mans version
178 (207, 235, 272, 306) yds worsted weight yarn in MC; 12 (16, 18, 24, 26) yds in A; 6 (8, 9, 12, 13) yds in B

Sample was worked in Dream in Color Classy (worsted weight; 100% superwash merino wool; 250 yds/113g skein) inĀ  #360 Black Parade (MC), #230 Deep Seaflower (A), #320 Chinatown Apple (B)

8 (10, 10, 12, 12) inch separating zipper in complimentary color

Optional: 4 bobbins to work intarsia

Death Race version
185 (215, 245, 282, 320) yds worsted weight yarn in MC; 18 (24, 27, 36, 39) yds in A

Sample was worked in Cascade 220 Superwash (worsted weight; 100% superwash wool; 220 yds/100g skein) in #819 brown (MC) and #907 orange (A)

8 (10, 10, 12, 12) inches of snap tape for each side of front

Size 8 (5.0mm) straight or circular needles or size to obtain gauge

Size 7 (4.5mm) straight or circular needles or one size down from larger needles

2 stitch markers

Yarn needle

Note: Purchase zipper after finishing the jacket to ensure proper length